The Daily Mirror is reporting today that Norwich City manager Glenn Roeder will be given the money for Shola Ameobi, the player he once managed at Newcastle United.
Shola Ameobi – will he rejoin Glenn Roeder at Norwich?
It is being reported that life-long Norwich City fan Peter Cullum, who just happens to also be a billionaire, has revealed he is keen to pump money into the club, up to the tune of around Â£20M.
And it appears that Norwich will be launching a club record Â£3.5M offer for Newcastle striker Ameobi, who played so well for Glenn when he was managing Newcastle United.
Cullum, who is from Norwich, founded the Towergate Partnership in 1997 and the group is now valued at Â£3B.
He has previously ruled out the possibility of investing in the Canaries, until he recently told the Independent “never say never” when asked about football funding.
Callum would like to launch a buy-out of major shareholder Delia Smith, but insists he would still want the celebrity chef to remain the Canaries’ figurehead at the club.
The 57-year-old insurance magnate is the 40th wealthiest man in Britain and said:
“This is about passion and love for the club but I’m not prepared to put that sort of money into the club without having control.”
“I don’t want to be the front person for the club, that’s Delia. I don’t want fame and publicity.”
“If there’s to be some sort of deal I’d like it to be on friendly terms.”
Sounds like a real fan to us.
Cullum apparently made an initial contact with the club last year, and says the offer he made then still stands.
Certainly the Â£3.5M offer, if it’s true, would be acceptable to Newcastle, and we’re sure Shola would jump at the chance to join Glenn Roeder and Lee Clark, our former player and Reserve team coach, at the East Anglia club.
One thing Roeder was able to get from Shola was goals, and Ameobi scored one goal for every two appearances while he was playing for Roeder.
The only sticky pooint could be Ameobi’s wages, which we think has caused this saga to drag on longer than Newcastle United would have liked.
But we think if the deal can be made, Shola would do very well indeed at Norwich, and could help them out next season with some goals.